WASHINGTON | Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he would put an end to the economic regime of preferential granted by the United States to Hong Kong and that he had also signed a law providing for sanctions against the repression in the chinese territory.
These measures respond to the imposition by China of a draconian law on national security.
“Today, I signed a law and an order in council to be accountable to China because of its repression of the people of Hong Kong,” said the u.s. president during a press conference rambling during which he also attacked on several occasions due to her democratic opponent Joe Biden.
The act on the Autonomy of Hong Kong, approved unanimously by the Congress, “give to my administration of powerful new tools to make accountable the individuals and entities involved in repression of freedoms in Hong Kong,” said Mr. Trump.
“I’ve also signed a decree putting an end to the preferential treatment for Hong Kong,” he added.
“Hong Kong will be treated as China: no special privilege, not processing special economic and not of exports of sensitive technologies “, he said.
The billionaire republican has been estimated that the control exerted by Beijing on Hong Kong marked the end of the economic power of the territory. “We have lost a very serious competitor “, he added.
He also predicted a hemorrhage of the brain to Hong Kong. “Their freedom has been removed, ( … ), a lot of people are going to leave.”
Held to announce these measures against China, the press conference, Mr. Trump has quickly turned to the meetings of the campaign, less than four months of the presidential election in November.
The american president, second by Joe Biden in the polls, has accused the democratic candidate of having been complacent toward China.
“He never done nothing, except take very bad decisions,” he said. “Especially in foreign policy.”